Suwannee Valley Times is distributed into the following cities and towns: Lake City, Live Oak, Madison, Branford, Dowling Park, Falmouth, Lee, Wellborn, Jasper, White Springs, Fort White, High Springs and Alachua

Marjorie Hoffman Celebrates 108th Birthday - ACV's oldest resident

Advent Christian Village is proud to celebrate the 108th birthday of Marjorie Zuidema Hoffman, currently the oldest living resident at ACV.

Marjorie Hoffman celebrating her 108th birthday recently. -Photo: Submitted

Born and raised in Holland, Michigan, her family was among the first settlers in that area when they came over from the Netherlands in the 1840s to escape religious prosecution.

ACV names new VP of Financial Services

Michael Willis -Photo: Submitted

Submitted by Michelle Pollina, ACV Communications Specialist

Dowling Park, Florida — Advent Christian Village is pleased to announce Michael Willis is the new Vice President of Financial Services/Chief Financial Officer. A native of Ft. Myers, Michael is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and a Florida CPA. He comes to us from Givens Highland Farms, a retirement community in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where he was Financial Controller. Previously, he served as Vice President of Finance and Operations for the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties.

NFC Graduates Honored at Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony 


MADISON, FL – North Florida College awarded 181 students with degrees or certificates at the conclusion
of its Spring Term 2024. Graduates were honored at NFC’s Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony on May 9th
at Van H. Priest Auditorium. The event’s guest speaker was the Honorable Corey Simon, Senator for District 3.


-Photos: Submitted

Stamping out Cigarettes at Suwannee County's Local Parks and Rivers

By Colleen Cody

Here in Suwannee County, we are fortunate to have beautiful shared spaces like our parks and freshwater springs such as Little River Springs to enjoy with friends and family. With such good fortune comes the responsibility to keep these areas pristine and welcoming, not only for locals but also for visitors. Now is the time to take decisive action to safeguard destinations like these, which make Suwannee County a gem in Florida. It’s time to advocate for strong policies that keep deadly tobacco out of places like Royal Springs.

Voting NO on Amendment 4
Former Florida State Representative Kurt Kelly to speak June 6 at Live Oak City Hall.

Kurt Kelly - Photo: Submitted


The Suwannee County Republicans invite you to hear Kurt Kelly at their next meeting Thursday, June 6, at Live Oak City Hall. 

Wellborn born brings her art home to 2024 Blueberry Festival

Kassie Dunmore standing by some of her artwork. -Photo: Submitted

Suwannee County Republican Headquarters to hold Grand Opening June 7

-Photo: Barb Gill

Debris Cleanup Procedures from the May 10 and 11 storms - Suwannee County

Our county continues to recover from the effects of the May 10 and 11 storms. Suwannee County Commissioners and the Suwannee County Division of Emergency Management have established the process and teams for the cleanup of debris caused by the recent event.

Crews will begin collecting vegetative waste on public right-of-way on county-maintained roads

Dixie Grill Chef Wins $20K in National Recipe Contest

Strawberry Cream Biscuit Bites Named Grand-Prize Winner in The Biskies™ Recipe Contest -Photo: Submitted

Rebecca Thomas' biscuit recipe won $20,000. -Photo: Submitted

Strawberry Cream Biscuit Bites Named Grand-Prize Winner
in The Biskies™ Recipe Contest

Rebecca Thomas of Dixie Grill in Live Oak, Florida wins $20K top prize
in recipe contest from General Mills Foodservice.

72nd Annual Folk Festival
Coming Memorial Day Weekend

Visitors watching performers on one of 13 stages during a previous Folk Festival. -SVT Archived Photo

Staff Reports

The 72nd Annual Florida Folk Festival kicks off this Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2024, on the banks of the historic Suwannee River at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, in White Springs. It is the oldest state-run folk festival in the Nation.